IHRC’s Islamophobia Awards are back and in 2018 it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Our gala dinner and awards show is a satirical event that aims to raise awareness of Islamophobia while poking fun at those who have outrageously displayed their prejudice for all to see over the past year. Real awards are also given to those who have battled against Islamophobia – often against tremendous odds.
There’ll be a three-course meal, LIVE stand-up comedy from Bilal Zafar, live music, a satirical awards ceremony and so much more. You won’t want to miss it!
WHEN: Sunday, 11 November at 6.30pm
WHERE: Holiday Inn, Empire Way, Wembley HA9 8DS
There’s a lot of of public involvement with the Islamophobia Awards – YOU get to pick the nominees and YOU get to decide who wins. This year the four categories are:
- News and Print/Online Media
- Bilal Zafar is a Stand up comedian, writer and actor.
He was nominated for Best Newcomer for his debut show; CAKES at the Edinburgh fringe 2016. He returned to the fringe in 2017 with a sell out run of his follow up show; BISCUIT which was also very well received.
New Act of the Year award winner Bilal joined the company of previous winners such as Stewart Lee, Ardal O’Hanlon, Joe Wilkinson and Linda Smith when he came top of the bill at the 2016 New Act of the Year Awards (previously the Hackney Empire new act of the year award). In 2015 he was the runner up at the Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian of the Year competition. He has appeared on BBC3, Channel 4, Channel 5, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Asian Network, and has written for The Independent and the Guardian.
- Instrumental music from Saphwat Simab and Ustad Shahbaz Husain
Saphwat Simab is a UK based Rubab virtuoso who has performed at some prestigious venues here and abroad. Ustad Shahbaz Husain is a Tabla master based in Manchester but a UK artist on the world stage. He has accompanied many big names in the musical scene